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(Posted 2:30 p.m., April 21)
OC Transpo switches to spring schedule today

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

East end commuters should double check their bus schedule today as OC Transopo makes the switch to their spring schedule, effecting most routes.

According to OC Transpo, many routes will have new trips added to alleviate overcrowding and improve connections and reliability. Other routes will have seasonal reductions, while some will be modified to improve connections or reduce walking distances.

OC Transpo's Rack and Roll programs is also back with 50 buses being outfitted with bike carriers..

The schedule changes come on the heels of news that OC Transpo wants to increase fares on July 1 when the Presto smart card system becomes operational.

Commuters will be able to load the card with a specified amount and then use it as a cashless pay system. They will also be able to load it with a monthly pass and use it like the current paper version. The card is also transferrable, meaning multiple family members will be able to use it.

Commuters who don't avail themselves of the new smart card will have to pay up to 15 per cent more for tickets and five cents more for cash fares.

Adult, student and senior tickets would rise 40 cents from $2.60 to $3 on Canada Day, while express tickets would go from $3.90 to $4.50. Cash fares would go up from $3.25 to $3.30.

OC Transpo officials are hoping the fare increases will encouraging commuters to switch to the Presto cards which will enable them to pay $2.65 for a regular service fare which is five cents more than the current ticket fare, but significantly less than the proposed increase.

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